Category Archives: West Kootenays

Provincial Parks Expanding

The province dispatched the MLA for Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, to deliver some good news to the folks at Christina Lake: The Government of British Columbia is adding land to two provincial parks Gladstone and Garibaldi. Specifically, a 6 hectare addition to Gladstone and 5.6 hectares to Garibaldi.

You can watch the event below and read the press release below that.

For Immediate Release Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Protected land added to two provincial parks

VICTORIA -The Government of British Columbia is adding land to two provincial parks Gladstone and Garibaldi -to protect ecologically sensitive areas, promote biodiversity and enhance recreation opportunities.

“Our parks are important for bringing families and communities together. They also protect B.C’s incredible biodiversity with ecosystems found nowhere else in the world,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Acquiring these lands ensures the conservation and protection of sensitive habitat so British Columbians can enjoy our spectacular natural spaces for years to come.”

Valued at $1.74 million, the Province purchased two lots from a private vendor at the north end of Christina Lake for a six-hectare addition to Gladstone Provincial Park near Grand Forks.

Featuring a natural beach/lake frontage, open forest and pockets of old growth, the properties were the last remaining private inholdings of the Sandner Creek drainage, which is used by 70% of the stream-spawning kokanee in Christina Lake. Securing the land for park purposes creates a continuous protected area on the north end of the lake.

“The Christina Lake Stewardship Society is extremely delighted to hear about the purchase of land at the north end of Christina Lake,” said Jeff Olsen, president, Christina Lake Stewardship Society. “This sensitive and diverse area hosts a myriad of plant and wildlife, some of which are species at risk like the western painted turtle. As depletion of wetlands continues, this acquisition is not only an engaging action taken by the Province, it is also an immensely important one for Christina Lake.”

The Province also purchased 5.6 hectares that were completely surrounded by Garibaldi Park near Squamish. Valued at $955,000, the property will help provide more opportunities for recreation in the Diamond Head area of the park.

Quick Facts:

One of the largest park systems in the world, British Columbia has 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas. They cover more than 14 million hectares, or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.

The Province regularly adds land to the parks and protected areas system through the acquisition of private land, and partnerships with conservation groups and individual donors.

Learn More:

For more information about the BC Parks Land Acquisition Program, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/partnerships/landAcguisition.html

For more information about BC Parks, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

Trail RCMP Update – May 27, 2019

On June 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP will host the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics BC.  This event is open to the public for registration.  The RCMP ask the public to join them and show their support for this worthy cause.  People of all fitness levels are welcome to come walk or run in the event.  Please see the attached poster for more details.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2445

On May 24, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of male shooting arrows with a bow across Casino Road, in Trail, BC.  Alcohol consumption was a factor in this matter.  The RCMP spoke to a 35-year-old and a 56-year-old male who didn’t realize the potential consequences of their actions.  The males were compliant and ceased this activity after the warning from the RCMP. 

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2453

On May 25, 2019, at 12:54 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 44-year-old-male driver and his vehicle near the intersection of Rossland Avenue and Highway 22, in Trail, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2463

On May 25, 2019, at 8:15 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment responded to a call of a serious assault with a weapon between a 42-year-old male accused and a 24-year-old-male victim, in the 2300 block of Washington Street, in Rossland, BC.  The victim was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital, in Kelowna, BC, in which he underwent surgery for injuries to his neck.  The victim recovered in hospital after surgery.  The two males were known to each other and the public is not believed to be in danger.     

The accused was arrested by the RCMP and will make his first appearance in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC, on August 15, 2019, for Assault Causing Bodily Harm contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2484

On May 26, 2019, at 11:01 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment responded to a call of disturbance in the 2000 block of Daniel Street, in Trail, BC.  The complainant was upset that her roommate put too many towels in the dryer.  Alcohol was a factor in the dispute.  This matter was determined not to be a police matter and the parties were asked to separate from each other for the night.

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Beaver Valley May Days

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted extra patrols and Road Safety Check Stops in Fruitvale, BC, over the course of the Beaver Valley May Days Weekend Celebration from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019. 

Notable investigations stemming from the event:

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2462

On May 25, 2019, at 12:54 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 58-year-old-male driver and his vehicle on Old Salmo Road, in Fruitvale, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2465

On May 25, 2019, at 22:14 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 41-year-old-male driver and his vehicle near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Columbia Gardens Road, in Fruitvale, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2470

On May 25, 2019, at 23:17 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 40-year-old-female driver and her vehicle on Main Street, in Fruitvale, BC.   The RCMP determined that her ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has her vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2474

On May 26, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a motorcycle and SUV vehicle on Columbia Gardens Road, in Fruitvale, BC.  The 44-year-old motorcyclist had allegedly crossed the center line of the roadway and collided with the SUV being driven by a 57-year-old male.  The motorcyclist was taken to the Kelowna General Hospital, in Kelowna, BC, to be treated for his injuries.  His status is currently unknown.

On May 26, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a motorcycle and SUV vehicle on Columbia Gardens Road, in Fruitvale, BC.  The 44-year-old motorcyclist had allegedly crossed the center line of the roadway and collided with the SUV being driven by a 57-year-old male.  The motorcyclist was taken to the Kelowna General Hospital, in Kelowna, BC, to be treated for his injuries.  His status is currently unknown.

The RCMP continue to investigate this matter to determine what factors lead the motorcycle to allegedly crossing the centre line of the roadway and hit the SUV.

Do you have any information to share or questions to ask of the Trail RCMP on these or any other matter contact our contact:

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada
mike.wicentowich @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (to restore the email address just remove the spaces before and after the @)
Tel: 250-368-2180 / Cel: 250-231-1704 / Fax: 250-364-1453

Trail RCMP Update June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2523

On May 28, 2019, at 5:44 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to the report of an intentionally set fire outside of the Gescan building in the 1300 block of Columbia Avenue, in Trail, BC. The RCMP conducted an investigation and identified an alleged suspect. The RCMP located and arrested the alleged 34-year-old male suspect near the area of the fire.

The 34-year-old male suspect will make his first court appearance on August 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.
The RCMP are still determining if there are any connections to the seven grass fires lit along Columbia Avenue on the Silver City Day Weekend, in May 2019.
The charge against the suspect will be Arson for causing damage to property contrary to Section 434 of the Criminal Code.

Additionally: Wildfire Prevention

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are beginning to receive complaints of people throwing cigarette butts out of windows of vehicles. The RCMP would like to remind the public that discarded cigarette butts can start fires which can quickly become out of control due to the dry conditions in Trail and the Greater area. This could result in damage to property and serious harm or death to the public. Anyone caught throwing a cigarette butt out a vehicle window can face fines under the BC Motor Vehicle Act for littering. Any associated damage or harm to human life that result from this type of negligence can result in criminal and civil consequences to the perpetrator(s).

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2581

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a complaint of a black bear roaming the neighbourhood in the area of Bay Avenue and Topping Street, in West Trail, BC. The bear was dispatched by the RCMP due to the risk to the general public which included children in the area at the time of the incident.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP remind the public to secure their garbage in an effort to reduce animal attractants and human-wildlife conflict.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2585

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a complaint of speeding vehicles during school hours in the Glenmerry Elementary School Zone, in Trail, BC. The RCMP would like to remind the public that school is still in operation until the end of the school year on June 27, 2019.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2596

On June 1, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of an assault with a weapon at the Tunnel Pub located on Schofield Highway, in Trail, BC. A 54-year-old male was hit in the face with a beer glass by another 54-year-old male assailant during a verbal dispute. Alcohol was a factor in the situation. The assailant fled the scene; however, was located and arrested by the RCMP. The assailant was held in custody overnight and released on conditions not to communicate with the victim, not to attend the Tunnel Pub, and to abstain from the consumption of alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
The assailant will make his first court appearance on August 8, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2607

On June 2, 2019, at 5:53 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of a sudden death of a 60-year-old male along the Columbia River near the Bailey Street and Bay Avenue, in downtown Trail, BC. The death is not considered suspicious at this time and the BC Coroner Service is the lead investigating agency.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2616

On June 2, 2019, at 3:31 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 42-year-old male driver and his vehicle on the Schofield Highway, in Warfield, BC. The driver and vehicle was swerving in and out of his lane and smashed the side of his vehicle into the cement median at one point. The RCMP located the driver and his damaged vehicle. The driver found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by the RCMP officer. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment will continue its enhanced campaign against impaired driving in order to make the roadways safer for the public throughout the summer.

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada
mike.wicentowich @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ to restore email address)
Tel: 250-368-2180
Cel: 250-231-1704
Fax: 250-364-1453

New police e-bikes make debut at Sunfest

May 30, 2019
Castlegar RCMP are pleased to showcase two new e-bikes that have been funded by the City of Castlegar and provided to the Castlegar RCMP.

The new police bikes will offer local RCMP officers the ability to navigate areas of the community much more effectively than standard police vehicles, and will allow for more effective interaction between police officers and the public during major events and regular patrols.

The bikes come with a power assist function (not an electric motor) that will allow for officers to cover more ground quickly when needed.  

“We are very pleased with the decision of City Council to fund these bikes, and they will be utilized in several different ways. They will be very useful for locating missing or vulnerable persons in remote areas, patrolling residential and commercial areas at night, and they will provide police an opportunity to interact with the public during large community events such as Sunfest.” – says Corporal Brett Turner. “Officers may not always be in uniform when on the bikes as they look to spot distracted drivers and other offences at intersections and busy roads.”

Castlegar RCMP officers will be out on bike patrol during Sunfest weekend and look forward to interacting with the public and answering any questions they may have.

Submitted by:
Cpl. Brett Turner
Castlegar RCMP
(250) 365-7721 (office)
(250) 608-2518 (cell)
brett.turner @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ for correct email address)